The Gin Game
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The Gin Game
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The Gin Game NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(206 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
14%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

About the Show

Tony winners James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson return to Broadway in this Pulitzer winner about strangers who become friends over gin rummy, until their games become a battleground of exposed failures and insecurities.

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Member Reviews (206)

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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
80
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if great beloved actors. Amazing performances. She's 90!! The issues are timeless

Don't see it if if you don't like slower plays

884 Reviews | 1014 Followers
73
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Nice

See it if You're a fan of the stars!

Don't see it if You don't like small 2 person plays that don't have a lot of action.

975 Reviews | 341 Followers
55
Banal, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing, Tyson's a wonder

See it if you want to see the dazzling Tyson, altho the material is far beneath her. This is a stupid play. And Jones didn't improve it.

Don't see it if I was bored and frustrated. JEJ plays a bully. Nothing funny or charming or revelatory here. So disappointing. Why revive this clunker???

546 Reviews | 1881 Followers
88
Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if Classic show, Classic stars!

Don't see it if Shorter 2 person narrative shows... not tons of plot.

629 Reviews | 231 Followers
83
Funny, Great acting, Slow, Original, Dated

See it if You like to see older actors at the top of their form.

Don't see it if You don't like small plays without much in the way of a plot.

535 Reviews | 488 Followers
65
Great acting, Fluffy, Pointless, Nice, Watchable

See it if you love Cicely Tyson. Gosh, she's just wonderful, isn't she?

Don't see it if you want to see a play that has something to say. (If this show has a point I was unable to discern it.)

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
85
Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want to see two theatre vets at the top of their game.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of James Earl Jones & Cicely Tyson.

275 Reviews | 474 Followers
50
Dated, Great acting, Slow

See it if you want to see two of the acting greats onstage.

Don't see it if you need plot and likable characters or if you're bored by long shows.

Critic Reviews (40)

The New York Times
October 14th, 2015

"Despite its comic overtones, 'The Gin Game' presents a clarifying portrait of the loneliness that may come with age, and the difficulties of forging a relationship when our personalities have quite naturally become calcified by experience. As the moving performances of Mr. Jones and Ms. Tyson bear out, playing the hands we are dealt with equanimity is much easier when we are still sure that there will be many more hands to play."
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Time Out New York
October 14th, 2015

"D.L. Coburn’s play was a hit in 1976, but it’s thin as a needle, with a sharp point at the end on which its poignancy relies. Leonard Foglia’s revival lacks that sense of purpose in its shape. The age of the actors perhaps makes them slower and cuter than might be ideal; the result is likable but shambling. In gin, after all, having a king and queen in your hand is not enough to win; they need to be built into a sequence. That sense of order is not in these cards."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
October 14th, 2015

"Whether Jones and Tyson are having memorization problems I cannot say, but the production is so lame and misguided (by the director Leonard Foglia) you would almost prefer that they suddenly started ad libbing selections from far better work each of them has done. As it is, they stick at least to the outlines of the script."
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 14th, 2015

"D.L. Coburn's two-hander is so slight it might almost evaporate as it's unfolding...What keeps the slender piece engaging is the delicate dance between Jones and Tyson...Foglia leans heavily on the humor, perhaps dimming some of the more emotionally affecting notes and making the shift into sobering home truths and self-recriminations somewhat abrupt. But there's no denying the crowdpleasing pleasure of watching these two masterful actors."
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Variety
October 14th, 2015

"It’s true what they say about bona fide stars like Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones — they could indeed hold us spellbound simply by reading the New York telephone book. Not that 'The Gin Game' is as insubstantial as the contents of the phone book. But despite having won the 1978 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this two-hander really is a slip of a thing, elevated to dramatic art by captivating Broadway performances from two of the most enchanting actors you’d ever hope to see on the same stage."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 15th, 2015

"Light on tragedy and heavy on comedy—at least in this version—it’s an infallible vehicle for two aging stars who can lay on the charm...Unfortunately, Leonard Foglia, the director, seems not to understand that there’s more to 'The Gin Game' than jokes...The results are hard to resist, but too soft-edged to bring true tears."
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Deadline
October 16th, 2015

"Under Leonard Foglia’s sensitive direction, the actors give their all to an almost-good play...Jones is more tentative here than usual, more halting in his speeches, more brittle than we expect Weller to be. Several exchanges faltered because of that, losing the snap necessary, and as a result, the play seemed even more schematic and predictable than I’d remembered. Still, there’s great pleasure in seeing these two masters duking it out over a card table. Call it a straight flush, if not quite a royal one."
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New York Daily News
October 14th, 2015

"Under Leonard Foglia’s direction, Tyson and Jones hit all the right notes of charming, amusing, ornery and scary. Along the way Jones and Tyson hold you, like the cards, in the palm of their hands."
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